Student Spotlight: Patrick Robinson
Patrick Robinson has known since a young age that he wanted to pursue a career where he could care for others. Growing up in a large family with seven brothers, there were times when he felt he could use additional support, which he found through the members of his church. The church also led him to discover his passion and put him on his current path of pursuing a degree in pharmacy. “My church does mission trips to different countries, and they always talked about needing someone who specializes in medicine but could never find anyone,” said Robinson. “I feel that with a pharmacy degree I’d be able to help others like they’ve helped me.”
After graduating from Rutherford High School, Robinson joined the Army National Guard as a combat medic. He was recently deployed to the Tampa area during Hurricane Irma, where the storm had been projected to make landfall. Stationed at a shelter, he provided care to the injured and assisted evacuees with their medications. “At first it was pretty nerve-racking,” said Robinson. “That’s when training kicks in and you know that people are counting on you to help them.”
He expects to graduate in Spring 2018 with plans to transfer to the University of Florida’s pharmacy school, earn a doctorate and then become active duty in the military as a Registered Pharmacist. Currently, he is working toward an associate’s degree and has found his instructors to be very helpful, especially Vicky Ellis, his chemistry instructor.
“She’s always been more than happy to sit down with me to help me wrap my head around challenging chemistry material and teach me to a point that I understand,” said Robinson. “The best part of going to Gulf Coast are the small class sizes and the willingness of instructors to help you in time of need.”